Pictures of Oliver

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Click here for some adorable pictures of Oliver.  I was very excited our friend Renee was able take these.  I know I am partial but that is one cute baby!  Having a great photographer helps too 🙂

Finally some pictures of Oliver Emmanuel

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We are really blessed that we know a few really cool people with very cool cameras that like to use them on our kids. Well anyway one of these really nice people with a really cool camera took a tons of pictures of Little Oliver and here are a few of them.



We think he is cute!!!

~Greg T

The Hospital's Write up

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Here is the post from the hospital’s website.

h5-12696Merriann and Greg have chosen the name Oliver Emmanuel for their beautiful new son born November 6, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital.

Birth Statistics

Weight: 7 pounds and 11 ounces
Length: 20 1/2 inches
Time: 8:51 pm
Date:Friday, November 6, 2009
Delivered by: Lisa Kaepernick, M.D.
Baby’s doctor: Kenneth B. Gass, M.D.



Origin of the name Oliver…

Latin, Scandinavian – “Olive tree”, “Kind”


November 6, 2009 – a day to remember
The Weather:

The sun rose over Bellingham at 7:05 am and set at 4:41 pm

In the financial world

the Dow Jones closed at 10023.42
Minimum Wage was $8.55

and the prices of some big and little ticket items were

Loaf of Bread: $2.49
Gallon of Milk: $3.85
Average New Home: $252,100.00

Gallon of gasoline: $2.82
New Car: $21,750.00


Bellingham: 76,500
U.S. Population: 306,576,091

Oliver shares his birthday with these other interesting people

1851 – Charles Henry Dow – American journalist and inventor who developed the system of stock market analysis that has become the Dow Jones stock averages.
1854 – John Philip Sousa – American composer known as “The March King” for military marches “Stars and Stripes Forever”, “Semper Fidelis”, and many others.
1861 – James Naismith – Canadian-American physical-education director who, in 1891, invented the game of basketball.
1892 – John William Alcock – British aviator, who with Arthur Brown, made the first nonstop transatlantic flight in 1919, eight years before Lindbergh’s famous solo flight.

There have been some other notable events on this day in history

1860 – Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th President of the United States.
1928 – Jacob Schick received a patent for the first electric razor.


He’s here!

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The newest addition to our family is Oliver .  He is 7lbs 11oz, and 20 1/2 inches long. Born on Nov 6.

I don’t have a picture of him on my computer yet so I can’t share his pictures yet.  The hospital’s web site will have his picture soon.  So if I don’t get it on our site soon go there to see him.  The link is

Merriann and Oliver are both doing great!  So thanks for your prayers.  God is so great! 

~Greg T

Pure Joy

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One of Zeke’s favorite things was his swing.  We called it his old man chair.  He was so content to sit there, hand on his belly and quietly watch the world around him.  It was a sad day when we finally had to retire the swing.  It had started groaning under the presser of a growing boy and couldn’t give him much of a ‘swing’.

The other day I hear a joyous scream coming from his room.  This was no squeal.  I remember being shocked at how loud the scream was.  When I com around the corner Zoe is laughing and Zeke is in his swing screaming with all his might and kicking his legs.  Zoe had allowed him another run in his favorite place. 


Apple Cider

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A couple weeks ago we headed to Padilla Bay with some friends to check out their cider press class.  It was not a pretty day in our neck of the woods.  Dark and rainy…but with some rain jackets, boots and umbrellas we were ready.  When we arrived, however, we were surprised to find the sun shining!  It was a beautiful sunny fall day.  We were all the more in the mood for some good ol’ cider. 



This was one of the best parts.  After pressing all the juice out the apple bits are understandably packed in the press.  Our guide just got done telling the kids they couldn’t push the apples out because it was so packed.  Well, that was all Zoe needed to hear.  I mean, look at that face…determination, some force and…


…voila!  Satisfaction.


The last thing to do before trying some cider was to plant an apple tree of course!  The parents were also asked if anyone wanted to buy the tree.  This particular tree will be “planted” 8 more times before it is available for someone to purchase for their own yard.  We had a lot of fun getting out in the beautiful fall air and learning a little in the processes.  I think we’ll be visiting again.  We even planned a camping trip for next year. 


Oh, and for those of you that are wondering…no baby yet. 

~ Merriann